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Sep 17, 200912:00 AM
Haute Plates

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New Orleans Seafood Festival

Mini Angus Beef Sliders on brioche buns go well with garlic aioli frites, both on the new bar menu at the Ritz-Carlton.

Photo courtesy of Jay Forman

Food- and music-lovers get ready –– the Third Annual New Orleans Seafood Festival kicks off next Friday, Sept. 25. The three-day event features artists such as Amanda Shaw and Dumpstaphunk, along with cooking demos from great local chefs including Susan Spicer, Frank Brigtsen and John Besh. The event takes place at Harrah’s Fulton Square, and admission is free. Enjoy signature cuisine with a focus on seafood from restaurants such as Galatoire’s, Red Fish Grill, Drago’s and more. Young ones and those with a sweet tooth can grab a treat from New Orleans Sno-ball. As a plus, festival-goers can enjoy both the LSU and Saints games on plasma TVs, so sports-lovers will not be left out in the cold. For more information and the full lineup, visit www.neworleansseafoodfestival.com.

Davenport Lounge Bar Menu

Executive sous chef Mohammad Azhar from Mélange and “mixologist” Daniel Victory have joined forces to serve up a new bar menu at the Davenport Lounge at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel on Canal Street. The Brie and Parsley Risotto Balls are a tasty snack and get some brightness from an herbed tomato sauce. Crawfish Quesadilla portions are generous, and the Coriander Ginger Shrimp with Sweet Thai Chili Sauce is my personal favorite. Also good are a trio of Mini Angus Beef Sliders on brioche buns, which go great with the garlic aioli frites. Drinks such as the signature Davenportini and Gin Blossom complement the food. As always, the entertainment is fantastic and the environs are plush.


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Robert D. Peyton was born at Ochsner Hospital and, apart from four years in Tennessee for college and three years in Baton Rouge for law school, has lived here his entire life. He is a strong believer in the importance of food to our local culture and in the importance of our local food culture, generally. He has practiced law since 1994, and began writing about food on his website, www.appetites.us, in 1999. He mainly wrote about partying that year, obviously.

In 2006, New Orleans Magazine named Appetites the best food blog in New Orleans. The choice was made relatively easy due to the fact that Appetites was, at the time, the only food blog in New Orleans.

He began writing the Restaurant Insider column for New Orleans Magazine in 2007 and has been published in St. Charles Avenue, Louisiana Life and New Orleans Homes and Lifestyles magazines. He is the only person he knows personally who has been interviewed in GQ magazine, albeit for calling Alan Richman a nasty name. He is not proud of that, incidentally. (Yes, he is.)

Robert’s maternal grandmother is responsible for his love of good food, and he has never since had fried chicken or homemade biscuits as good as hers. He developed his curiosity about restaurant cooking in part from the venerable PBS cooking show "Great Chefs" and has an extensive collection of cookbooks, many of which do not require coloring, and some of which have not been defaced.

Robert lives in Mid-City with his wife Eve and their three children, and is fond of receiving comments and emails. Please humor him.




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